Build a Mobile Sales Solution with iPhone and Google Maps Integration Using SAP NetWeaver CE 7.2

  • by Richard Tucker, Principal Web Development Architect, Atos Origin UK
  • June 1, 2011
/Mobile
SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment 7.2 allows SAP developers to build rich user interface (UI) solutions that would have been unheard of a couple of years ago. The combination of service composition and rapid UI modeling allows these solutions to be built in days and weeks rather than months. See how to develop a mobile solution, integrating Google Maps and the Apple iPhone, that was rolled out rapidly across Europe and was well accepted by its user base.
Key Concept
The integration with Google and the iPhone was made possible through SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment’s support for open standards and SAP’s recent openness toward integrating other technologies. SAP’s recent inclusion of HTML and JavaScript support in SAP NetWeaver CE increases its flexibility and opens up a range of new functionality for the developer.

You can use different components of SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment (CE) 7.2 to create a mobile sales solution. My example was built for a worldwide distributor of electronic, electrical, and industrial components. The company was looking for a low-cost, tactical solution that could be rapidly implemented to give its Europe-wide sales force remote access to the data held within the back-end SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM), SAP ERP, and SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW) systems. The solution needed to work for desktops and the Apple iPhone 4.

I’ll discuss the overall architecture along with the design decisions we made during the implementation. Then I’ll walk through an in-depth description of the integration between the iPhone and the SAP technology. I’ll also describe in detail how the GPS and Google Maps integration was built. Figure 1 shows a screenprint of the application running within the iPhone iOS operating system. I also cover the integration between the SAP CRM contact data and the telephone and SMS capability of the phone.

Richard Tucker

Richard Tucker joined Atos Origin as an ABAP consultant in 1998. He quickly recognized SAP Web development as an emerging market and was instrumental in building Atos Origin’s SAP Web development capability. He has successfully implemented all SAP Web technologies for the last 10 years for numerous customers. Since 2005, he has concentrated on Web Dynpro implementations, with a long track record in building successful component-based applications. This track record was the basis for his well-received SAP TechEd 2007 presentation on behalf of SDN.

Atos Origin is an international information technology services company with 50,000 employees in 40 countries. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration, and managed operations. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is the 2007 Winner of the SAP Partner Excellence Award for Customer Satisfaction and Quality Performance for a third consecutive year.

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